Critic Consensus: Venom's first standalone movie turns out to be like the comics character in all the wrong ways - chaotic, noisy, and in desperate need of a stronger attachment to Spider-Man.
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A tone-deaf, uneven and maddeningly dumb clunker that never settles on an identity, all the way to the closing credits.
It's hard to mess up a car chase up and down the streets of San Francisco and Fleischer certainly doesn't, though at these speeds we should be gasping and laughing instead of just nodding our heads.
Is it a comedy? Is it an action film? [Venom] makes no pretense of being anything more than a superhero film,... trading the thematic material present in most major superhero ventures for biting off people's heads.
The Venom symbiote requires a perfect match to bond with its host; otherwise, the host is doomed. The Venom movie plays like a midnight horror that has invaded a superhero movie, and while there are some laffs to be had, it's far from a perfect match.
Audience Reviews for Venom
This is a superhero movie that certainly has fun elements, but the story ... they dropped the ball, plain and simple. I actually felt sorry for Tom Hardy and Michelle Willaims, forced to sit in the figurative baggage car of the Marvel movie money train. And yet, despite the many, many flaws, it is a superhero movie. So, any port in a storm.
This needed to be R rate, pure and simple. The film is on shaky ground from the beginning, much like Ghost Rider failed to capture the essence of the character. The biggest issue I had was the short timeframe of Brock and Venom being together, this needed to happen much earlier. It's the same with Riot and Drake, the rushed post production editing leaves the character moments on the floor. This review is based on the cinematic experience and I'll review if they re-edit this film into the R rating it deserves. The film fails to find a consistent tone in this age of superhero films, the darkness of the movie does not match the style of the film. The producers and studio obviously did not want to spend 100 million on a R rated film, that' fair enough, that's their choice but remember Deadpool was a risky venture that paid off in spades. Hollywood needs to start releasing two versions of the films. The mould for cinema releases has changed and if they keep aiming at the teenage audience these franchises will fail. The trailer promised darker moments, but this was quite tame in the end. 09/10/2018.
Forceful, cringe-worthy CGI, dialogue and humor, Venom needs more than just its witty, charming chemistry from Hardy and his symbiotic counterpart to save what seems to be just another sub-par entry in Sony's attempt to salvage what universe it has or is trying to create. 2.3/5
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